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apple bacon muffins

Apple Bacon Muffins

Apple Bacon Muffins are topped with a bacon streusel and cinnamon cream cheese frosting. The muffins are very easy to make, soft, and perfect for fall season.

Muffins are a specialty in our kitchen, and we love making them puffy and delicious like Ube Purple MuffinsCranberry Orange Muffins and Chocolate Chip Ricotta Muffins.

Apple Bacon Muffins

These Apple Bacon Muffins are my first official “fall recipe” and they must make an appearance in your kitchen. They pack the best fall flavors, green apples and cinnamon, and lots of cinnamon. But at the same time, they won’t piss off any people who can’t really let go of summer, as these apple bacon muffins don’t involve any pumpkin.

I decided that I want something scrumptious and delicious, something that is not too complicated or time consuming. Hence, these apple bacon muffins meet all those requirements. They are moist, not too sweet, soft, with a tad sticky crumble. You can spot grated pieces of green apple thru them, that add a nice pop of color and great texture.

I didn’t use any butter in these apple bacon muffins, since the apples provide enough moisture. Now, let me introduce you to that bacon streusel crumble! Also, I didn’t put bacon in the muffins, I cooked a few stripes, and crumbled them. The, I mixed the pieces into a delicious cinnamon buttery streusel, that I put on top of the muffins. The bacon flavor is nor overpowering, its very subtle, and the bacon pieces add a nice touch. Also, a little saltines and chewiness combined with all the sweetness and cinnamon flavor. I found it very nice to have this balance of sweet and savory. If you would love to have a more pronounced bacon flavor feel, free to add some cooked pieces to the muffin batter.

Why you will love these Apple Bacon Muffins:

  • Firstly, they are rich and moist, and are a show stopper dessert.
  • Also, easy to find ingredients and minimum prep work and dishes to clean.
  • Perfect for brunch parties and for bigger crowds.
  • Similarly, they are perfect fall dessert, since it incorporates the apples and bacon.
  • Easy to transport if you have to take it to a brunch party.
  • In addition, its a great ways to use in season apples.
  • Can be made 1 or 2 days in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last minute dessert.

How long will the Apple Bacon Muffins stay fresh?

The muffins can be stored wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for about 4-5 days.

Can you freeze the Apple Bacon Muffins?

Absolutely! First, cool the muffins completely and fully wrap it in plastic wrap, tightly. After that, wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost before slicing.


  • Regular Muffin Pan – I use this pan to bake muffins and regular size cupcakes, I had it for many years and absolutely love it.

Apple Bacon Muffins with Cinnamon Frosting

  • Prep Time20 MIN
  • Cook Time40 MIN
  • Servings 10 servings


Apple Muffins:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 green apples grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain yogurt whole fat
  • cooking spray

Bacon Streusel:

  • 5 bacon stripes cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter 1/2 stick , room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Apple Muffins:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place paper cups in a muffin tin and spray them a little with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl combine together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl (using a hand mixer or electric mixer fitted with the wire attachment) whisk together sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, add the yogurt and dry ingredients, mix until combined.
  • Squeeze the water from the apples and fold them into the batter using a spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the baking muffin tins layered with paper cups.

For the Bacon Streusel:

  • First cook the bacon stripes, cover a baking pan with parchment paper, lay them on the paper and cook at 350F for 10-15 minutes or until crispy. Remove from oven and crumble.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat melt the butter, once the butter is melted remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients, including the bacon pieces. Mix with a fork until combined.
  • Top the muffins with the bacon streusel topping.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a wooded cake tester inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and transfer muffins to cool on a cooling rack. Wait for the muffins to cool completely before topping with frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Drizzle over the apple bacon muffins.
  • Enjoy!

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Ahhh these look like serious heaven. I'm going to be very disappointed that I won't have these for breakfast tomorrow :(

Thao @ In Good Flavor

Thao @ In Good Flavor

You are right, these apple muffins look moist and delicious...even without the butter. I am loving the sound of the bacon streusel. It certainly makes the muffins a standout.

My Dish is Bomb

My Dish is Bomb

Ha! I'm making angry faces when I see pumpkin recipes on food blogs, it's way too early and I want to hold onto summer as long as I can!! Love these muffins, they look super moist and that bacon streusel is so creative!

Jen | Baked by an Introvert

Jen | Baked by an Introvert

I love apple muffins! The fact that you put bacon streusel on top is genius. I want to try this asap!!

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